15 July 2021

From the Principal

Article by Mr Michael Exton

From the Principal

Dear Saint Ignatius College Geelong community members,

Welcome back for the commencement of Semester 2

We’ve arrived at the beginning of another Term, and I hope your daughters and sons have returned refreshed from the break and ready to face the challenges of the Second Semester.

The new Semester provides the opportunity for a fresh start. Parents have access to their daughter/son’s Semester One Statement of Results via the ‘Xuno’ parent portal. I encourage you to spend some time soon reviewing the report with them to set some directions for making the most of the new Semester’s academic program. This would also be an opportune time to consider all of the other commitments in your daughters/son’s life to check for the balance in time and that she/he is attending to their physical, emotional and spiritual health. Examples of things to consider include participation in sport (particularly team sport), physical fitness, what and how much they are reading, how much time they are spending online, and how they are contributing to the general running of the household?

There are no scheduled Years 7 – 11 Parent, Student & Teacher Conferences for Semester One; however, parents may request one by contacting teachers directly.

Feast Day

The 31st of July is a special day for our College community - the Feast Day of St Ignatius of Loyola, the College’s patron saint. Unfortunately, July 31 falls on a Saturday this year. Consequently, we will celebrate this day at school on Friday 30th July. All staff (teachers and school officers) will be involved in the celebrations where possible (e.g. limited office staffing on the day.) And of course, all students are expected to attend school on this day.

The day will begin with a Full School assembly after morning Homeroom in the Multi-purpose centre. We will use this occasion to mark the commencement of the Ignatian Year formally. As has been our custom, a particular feature of the assembly will be acknowledging staff service to the College community (10, 15, 20, 25, 30 or 35 (!)years.) Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, parents and friends of the College cannot attend the assembly.

There will be special activities for the remainder of the day.

The canteen will be open, and some food vans will be onsite during the day. (“Red” foods allowed on our celebration day.)

Deputy Principal Paul Lewis will provide more details about the day via email to the school community.

We are looking forward to this special day of celebration as a school community.

Year 10 Work Experience

Most Year 10 students undertook Work Experience for the last week of term two. (Some were unable to do so for various reasons, and they will undertake theirs at another time.) Mr Bruce Connor reports that the week seems to have gone very well with many glowing reports coming in about our students - well done to them all. This was a valuable opportunity for them to learn about a particular career and the workplace environment. I am sure that there will have been beneficial personal development gained from the program's challenge.

Once again, thank you to our Work and Further Education Coordinator, Mr Bruce Connor, for coordinating this program and Mr Brendan O’Brien (YLC) and the Year 10 team of Ignatian Learning Teachers for their work to support this. We are very grateful to the employers who generously provided a place for our students and also to the workers in those workplaces for supporting our students.

Subject Selection for 2022

Students in Years 8 – 11 will be asked to indicate their preferences for elective subjects for next year during term three. While considering options, it is important to discuss with your daughter/son her/his strengths, interests, and post-school options and review this often. The Semester One Statement of Results would be a helpful springboard into this type of discussion. Our Work and Further Education Coordinator, Mr Bruce Connor, is also available by appointment to help in this area, and students are welcome to access our Career Centre resources (located in the VCE Centre) by seeing Mr Connor first.

Year 7 Enrolments 2022

I am pleased to report very strong interest in the College continued again this year with many more applications than places available for next year.

The support provided by the students, staff and parents for the Open Afternoons and enrolment promotion program was a valuable/vital contribution to this success – thank you. The very positive reputation of the College is a commendable result of the commitment of our students, staff and parents to our College community and its continual improvement.

I have again made enrolment offers to 250 students (125 girls and 125 boys) for Year 7 next year.

Student Leadership 2022

Our Student Leadership Development Coordinator, Mr Anthony Gravener, has announced that applications for 2022 student leadership positions are now open. The new ‘Student Leadership Development’ tile on our online Learning Management System, ‘Canvas’ provides access to information, application forms, role descriptions, etc. Please consider encouraging your daughter or son to apply for one or more of the available positions.

Staff News

We welcome the following teachers who are covering teachers on leave:

Ms Sarah Rothwell
covering Mr Brad Manczak (Term 3)
Ms Lynae Baker
covering Ms Sarah Callahan (Terms 3 & 4)
Mr Greg Fisher
Covering Mr Tristan Phieler (Term 3, weeks 1 & 2)
Mr Patrick Hagen
covering Mr Andrew Smith (Term 3, weeks 1 – 5)

COVID-19 Restrictions Update

Late last night, the Victorian Government changed face mask rules across the state.

From 11:59 pm Wednesday 14 July, wearing a face mask will be mandatory indoors for all Victorians aged 12 and above.
Face masks are recommended outdoors where physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.

Therefore, masks will need to be worn indoors and outdoors where physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres cannot be maintained at our school from today onwards until further notice.

According to media reports, we expect another announcement about restrictions today. We will provide further information to parents via email as soon as it becomes available.

Best wishes for term three,

Michael Exton